Unfair licensing Practices

August 10th, 2014

Dear Sirs,
I’m writing to express my concern about certain music licensing practices that are unfair, and unnecessary, to performing and recording musicians. In this day of digital downloads where every sale is immediately tracked there is no reason to force recording performers to pay royalties in advance of sales. I am a composer/songwriter, myself, and I believe the writer deserves his portion of the sale but, he doesn’t deserve a percentage of sales that never happen. This antiquated system is still good for CDs and vinyl where a product is hard to track but, unnecessary and damaging to struggling performers.
Bob Stone

Persistence

June 29th, 2014

I love that song by Tom Petty; I Won’t Back Down. It taps into that primal urge to face off against an adversary. It gives me focus. It’s the answer I need to those distractions that keep creeping into my life. I took a moment from writing this entry to add tags. When I came to one of my favorite tags, 70’s Rock, I felt it necessary to google the song. It was released in ’89 and the article is worth reading: http://www.songfacts.com/detail.php?id=1070
There is a lot about how people used the song as an anthem. That strikes me as counterintuitive. If you’re really having your convictions tested you shouldn’t have an army of believers standing with you. I still love the song though there is a chance that Tom Petty was consciously writing an anthem.

Beatles Shabbat

June 21st, 2014

I want to thank everyone who helped make this service possible; starting with Tom’s 8 year old son who’s face showed appreciation and including everyone else. When Marcia told me about Paul Plotnick’s email inviting musicians to participate in the Beatles Shabbat I was ready to join something that had a built in audience and especially a community. I’ve been a little bit of a recluse lately and since the other members of my band, NY Retro, have taken on other music projects I was feeling neglected. This was just what I needed. I’d like a copy of the video.
Here’s the link to YouTube
Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Bullies

April 6th, 2014

Bullies bully because they think they are victims. I had a boss that tortured me because he felt constrained by union rules. If you have an example of how a bully feels victimized please share it in the comments.

Website Troubles

January 25th, 2014

I’ve given up trying to find an easy website builder and have decided to just learn how to write code. What I can do is tell you about the pitfalls. Word Press is great. I use it for my blog. It’s extremely easy to use but, it limits you to how big a file you can upload. I got around it by uploading the file to file manager in my bizland account and linking to the file. I haven’t really explored the use of Word Press for a band website. I just use it for a blog. The real problem happened when I wanted to add a new domain for my new band, NY Retro. I did a google search and wound up on the godaddy site where they informed me that they were holding on to the domain name for me and I could buy it from them. I wanted to buy it through bizland and godaddy finally let go of it after 2 years. Bizland has a substantially reduced rate for a second domain and they also have a lot of plugins and stuff to make your website. One of these was Word Press. Another was Weeblie. Weeblie looked really easy to use until I tried to upload Recuerdo de la Alambre. It was longer than 5 minutes. I had to do a lot of searching to find out that was the problem. Also, Weeblie took over the site and totally screwed up the original domain, boscoden.com. I switched back to file manager and am currently trying to learn code.

Sunday Sermon

October 27th, 2013

I’m trying to add something to this blog at least once a week. Sunday seems to be the day that mostly gets pontificated on, though Thursday was generally thought of as the holiest day in old Norse society. Thor was the most popular god. I try to be truly polytheist and give deference to each as suits the need and day. Today I want to focus on what is truly important; our ability to help each other. My understanding of the word, ‘help’ in old Norse society implied a 2 way street. It was more a deal and contract between two people than one grovelling for assistance and offering nothing but gratitude. Stanza 71 of the Havamal points out that every living person has value. We’ve given all control and power to businesses that routinely weed out their less productive 10% of employees annually. This was an anathema to our country in the ’40’s, 50’s, 60’s and 70’s. The 10% rule is the legacy of Reaganomics. Through mechanization and computers more and more of the things we used to do for each other can be done more cheaply and with less effort and we no longer place any value on labor. Everything serves capital. It’s time now while the memory of the great recession is still fresh in our minds to relearn the lesson that the greatest generation learned after the great depression and put value in how we help each other and not in the bank account of monopolists.

71.
The lame can ride horse, the handless drive cattle,
the deaf one can fight and prevail,
’tis happier for the blind than for him on the bale-fire,
but no man hath care for a corpse.

Conservative’s rose colored glasses

October 20th, 2013

I was watching Sunday Morning before and they had on Alan Greenspan. I remember back a few years ago somebody from the Bush administration saying they looked at several economic models and decided to go with the conservative one which didn’t show that we were in a bubble. He didn’t mention the economist’s name. Greenspan said in the interview this morning that he didn’t take into account people’s reaction of fear and euphoria in predicting market fluctuations and thus missed the fact that we were in a bubble. Ironically, John mentioning George Soros in another post led me to look him up on Wikipedia. His main tool is people’s probable reaction to market conditions. I’m sure fox news had all kinds of bad things to say about him and I’m ignorant of those things since I get a sick feeling every time I’m exposed to their propaganda. Wikipedia mentioned that Soros went all in trying to beat Bush in his second term. I’m guessing that’s why Soros probably got on fox’s radar and Bush’s blunder with his tax cuts made Soros Hell bent on defeating him.

Hotel California-Controversy

September 28th, 2013

I started learning the lead for this song when it first came out about 40 years ago. Then, as now, there were an abundance of guitar players so it was a song that was perfect for doing with guitar playing friends. I think I learned about half of the solos near the end and improvised until the arpeggios at the end. With our upcoming gig at the Roadhouse Tavern where it is reputed to favor classic rock I thought it a good use of time to work on the solo.
Not too long ago our drummer, Steve, had a religious meltdown, quit the group and started ranting against this song in particular. I heard there was a Christian cult started at the Hotel California that equated the Eagles with the devil. When Steve finally came to his senses and rejoined the group we shied away from doing the song. However, having a gig requiring all our classic rock repertoire meant we needed the song. Mike had the last word on the controversy. He said, pretty much, that just because some fanatic decided that the song was evil doesn’t mean that the Eagles wrote it to be evil.

NY Retro to play at the Roadhouse

September 21st, 2013

RoadhousePoster
We still haven’t resolved the dilemma of are we a cover band or an original band. I vote that we are both. We haven’t established an identity yet. The band, BoScoDen, didn’t establish an identity until it had already broken up. I suppose we have an identity at this space and time but, I’m hoping it evolves into something easier to explain. The best I can do is say we’re just starting out.

NY Retro-The choice

September 1st, 2013

Are we a cover band or an original band? Mike brought this up when I encouraged my band mates to divvy up the social media chores. I proposed that Steve take over the Facebook account, I’ll do the website and blog and Mike will do Twitter. From his perspective he feels Twitter is only for bands doing originals. We do both originals and covers.